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Life-Giving Speech Devotion

💎Are the words you speak, to yourself and to others, life giving? Lavished with grace? Adding value? Bearing fruit? From the source of life?💎

+Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks!
++If you’re speech is not life giving, take those thoughts captive and make them obedient to God’s word.

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Nothing Is Wasted Devotion

It is essential when you are in the midst of a season where you are planting and have not saw any of the harvest, to not grow weary in doing good! Those seeds will soon become roots! 🌱🌾
Remembering NOT to compare🙅‍♀️
Keeping at the forefront of your mind, to do ALL things WHOLEHEARTEDLY for the LORD👆
& knowing that God has a PURPOSE for the season you are in! 🌻

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Fear Not

How many times has God promised you something and it felt like it was not coming to pass? Maybe you are there right now. He has promised something to you about your future, your finances, your family, or your health. What you see in front of you is NOT matching up to the promise he has given you. This place can be a really hard place to be. But, how many of you have reached when the promise comes to pass and reflect and think to yourself, “Well I worried for absolutely nothing” or “wow, how did you make that happen?”. I know for myself, I have done both.

Throughout a lot of worry and sleepless nights, panic attacks, and face palms, God has taught me some things I believe he wants to remind you of today. The first being that his thoughts are so much higher than ours (Isaiah 55:9). What seems to be “bad” or “uncomfortable”, may be really positioning you for the promise he has given you. Our culture specifically has made an idol out of comfort. We want things to go nice and easy, with no pain, suffering, or trials. But this is not what God has promised us. He tells us that we will go through trials. But, he shows us that these trials are what produce us to be more like him. We are being refined more and more to be like him! I do not believe that God’s attitude towards us through trials is “just suck it up”. If you believe this is how God helps you get through the trials. Take that lie captive and replace it with his truth. The truth about his plan for us is that no matter what we are going through, HE is working out EVERYTHING for OUR good (Romans 8:28). He gives us plans to prosper and not to bring us harm, thoughts of peace and not of evil (Jeremiah 29:11). If you are concerned with something, he wants you to cast your cares upon him because HE CARES (1 Peter 5:7). Jesus came down to earth and is not one who cannot sympathize with what we are going through (Hebrews 4:15). God is a Good Father and what the enemy may try to use you to stumble, God will work it out for the good.

Another things to remember is God’s track record. When you look back at all the times God has promised you something, his promises ALWAYS come to pass. So no matter what the situation looks like at hand, HE IS FAITHFUL. Did you know that he is known as Faithful & True? So how could God be anything but when FAITHFUL AND TRUE WHO he IS!? (Revelation 19:11). If you are feeling discouragement in this moment, take the time right now to remember all he has done, where he has brought you from to where you are now, and reflect on HIS faithfulness and PRAISE him for it!

Which leads me to the last thing he has gently reminded me… When we take our focus off HIM and put our focus on the CIRCUMSTANCE, we are putting our TRUST in the WRONG place! I may not know what you are facing right now, but I know the one who does and he cares. He wants to trade you what has burdening you for his yoke which is light! God never asked us to figure out the impossible, he simply asked us to TRUST in the one who MAKES the IMPOSSIBLE, POSSIBLE! Things are not always going to make sense, that is why it is so important for you and I to both TRUST in him and lean not on our own understanding and he will make our paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).

If there is something hindering you from trusting God, I would ask him if there is a lie you are believing about him? Many times the reason why we have such a hard time is because somewhere along the way we started believing a lie. God is not like anyone you have ever met here on earth. He never breaks a promise, he is pure and undefiled, and he IS love. He is not just loving, HE IS LOVE. When he reveals the lie, ask him to replace it with his truth and ask him for forgiveness. If there is someone you need to forgive, do not forget to forgive them too. God is gracious and merciful. He is FOR you and loves you. Do not let what you can see here on earth distract you from what is actually going on in the spiritual. Keep your eyes focused on the things above, not the things of earth (Colossians 3:2). Do not worry about anything, praying about EVERYTHING! REMEMBER, he is FAITHFUL and TRUE and HIS word CANNOT come back VOID!

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Taking The Leap

How many times have we go to do what God has called us to do and then doubt came creeping in? Or can you remember a time when you have gone to take a big leap of faith and you have accidentally stumbled on the way to making the jump?

We all have dealt with fear, doubt, and worry.

As I was drinking my coffee outside this morning I saw a squirrel running across the fence, unto our shed, and then he paused. He looked at the tree which his final destination, which was a pretty far distance away, and LEAPED. To my surprise, squirrels can leap a distance. I was amazed. Holy Spirit’s gentle voice said, “If he would’ve hesitated he would have been like one of those squirrel videos you see that miss their target”. My first reaction was to laugh at the fact that God brought up a squirrel video. But then I became still and listened. He began to show me that we are the squirrel and where we are now is on the shed. Where he has called us to be is on the tree. There are times when he tells us to make the jump and we become hesitant because we feel like we are going to fail or something could go wrong. What he revealed to me was a giant hand, his hand, which will uphold us even when we stumble.

If you do not know already, we get our sense of humor from God. He is hilarious and I think enjoys laughter even more than we do. He speaks to us in different ways and this morning he knew that a squirrel was the way to speak to me.

Wherever you are in this moment, if God is telling you to make the jump or you in a season of transition and change, his hand is withholding you. Most of the time the fear of failure and hesitation is what makes us miss the target. But if we just trust that God is for us, that because he has called us to it he will equip us to do it, and that he is working everything out for our good, our faith should increase and we should reach the “tree”. Do not let fear paralyze you. He does not give you a spirit of fear. He gives you power, love, and a sound mind. His gentle hand is keeping you afloat in your days of trouble, he is with you always.

A man’s steps are established by the Lord, and He takes pleasure in his way. Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed, because the Lord holds his hand.”-Psalm 37:23-24 CSB


“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” -2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

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Activation Into Your Purpose

“There was also a prophetess, Anna, a daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was well along in years, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and was a widow for eighty-four years. She did not leave the temple, serving God night and day with fasting and prayers.” -Luke 2:36-37 CSB

There is one specific part of this scripture that I believe God wants to talk about today. That is serving day and night just as Anna did. There is not much about Anna in the bible. There is actually one more verse to this passage of scripture and that is all we get to know about Anna. But, how many of you know that when God gives us even one word it is something of GREAT importance?

Anna, a prophetess had been living a widow for 84 years. Her husband died early on in their marriage, only 7 years. What she did in response is amazing to me and has put me in awe. She never left the temple and served God day and night and was consistently in fellowship with God through fasting and prayer. God had me study these two scriptures this morning and this is what he revealed to me. Anna knew her place in the body of Christ, she was equipped in the place she was serving because she was placed there by God! The word serving in this passage of scripture actually means latreúō. Which actually means, properly, to render technical, acceptable service because specifically qualified (equipped). Anna served day and night to God, worshiping him with her life. Her life was a sacrifice of praise unto God.

God has equipped every single one of us to serve in some way, somewhere. Are you where God has called you to be? Many times God will speak to you about what you are supposed to do and other people say that it can’t be done. Do not let those people discourage you. Christine Caine was told she would never be able speak in front of people and that she was incapable. Jesus was not acknowledged in his home town! So NEVER let other people’s opinions defer you from what God has already equipped you to do.

If you do not know the best place for you to serve, the best thing to do is go to the one who equipped you in the first place. No matter what you are CALLED to do, it is of great importance. Do not look around at everyone else and what they are called to do. Focus on Jesus and the talents and gifts he has placed inside of you. One part of the body is not more important than the other. The best thing you can do is what you are called to do! The reason I believe that Anna was able to serve so well is because she was in CONSTANT fellowship with God, she knew WHO she was, and WHAT she was called to do and she did that, with passion and reverence for God. Are you in a position that you are not called to be in? There is someone who is CALLED to be in that spot and they are equipped BY GOD to do so. I put emphasis on BY GOD because we can only be equipped through him, not people. They are called the gifts of the Holy Spirit for a reason. I believe that people can strengthen us and the body of Christ is a living organism, growing day by day. What God has equipped us with we are to share with others!

Anna may have only had three verses in the bible, but this great prophetess of God is known for serving wholeheartedly and passionately in the position God had equipped her in. If this is something that you are unsure of follow her example and pray and fast, spending time with the Father. He wants you to do what he has per-destined you to do!

FURTHER SCRIPTURE STUDY:

One Body with Many Parts

12 The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. 13 Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles,[e] some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.[f]

14 Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. 15 If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?

18 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. 19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part! 20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”

22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. 23 And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, 24 while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. 25 This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. 26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.

27 All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. 28 Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church:

first are apostles,
second are prophets,
third are teachers,
then those who do miracles,
those who have the gift of healing,
those who can help others,
those who have the gift of leadership,
those who speak in unknown languages.

29 Are we all apostles? Are we all prophets? Are we all teachers? Do we all have the power to do miracles? 30 Do we all have the gift of healing? Do we all have the ability to speak in unknown languages? Do we all have the ability to interpret unknown languages? Of course not! 31 So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts.

But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all. -1 Corinthians 12:12-31 NLT

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. -Ephesians 2:10 NLT